Pelosi is met with backlash after saying Senate GOP 'trying to get away with murder' in police reform bill
WASHINGTON - House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said Tuesday that Senate Republicans are "trying to get away with murder" with their police law.
In particular, during an interview with CBS News Radio, Pelosi said that GOP legislation does not include a federal and final ban on chokeholds, as many activists have requested, but that police tactics should only be used when lives are in danger.
"We don't say chokeholds," said Pelosi, speaking about the Democrat's legislation. "You don't say chokeholds. I mean, there is a big difference. What's the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don't understand what the compromise is."
The Republican bill, headed by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the chamber's only black Republican, contains measures aimed at increasing transparency in police and violent incidents while at the same time persuading departments to use body cameras , and Chokeholds by discouraging federal government to discourage subsidy.
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Pelosi repeated many Congress Democrats who reportedly plan to block the GOP's bill.
"For something to happen," she said, "you have to face the reality of police brutality, the reality of the need for justice in policing, and the realization that there are many, many good people in law enforcement." but not all and that we need to address these concerns.
"So far, they're actually trying to get away with murder. The murder of George Floyd," she said.
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Her comments met with quick backlash from Republicans, who asked her to apologize specifically to Scott, even though she didn't name him by name.
MEP Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Tweeted that the comments were "absolutely disgusting" and that Scott "is an incredibly effective policy maker and leader in racial justice and police reform. America is blessed to have him in the United States Senate."
Pelosi "should immediately apologize for this hateful statement," continued Stefanik.
Matt Whitlock, senior advisor to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the comments were "absolutely outrageous. If a Republican said something like this, every other Republican would be asked if he was satisfied with this characterization."
Ken Farnaso, deputy spokesman for the Trump campaign, asked Pelosi to "say it @ SenatorTimmScott in the face". Farnaso previously worked as a press officer for Scott.
The spokesman for the house is an unbearable racial bait politician who would rather not see any action than allow change under the leadership of @ realDonaldTrump. She accused the Republicans of "trying to get away with murder ...". Say it @ SenatorTimScott's face, Nancy.
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Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi accused the Senate Republicans of trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd just a day after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell set an appointment to vote on the GOP's police reform laws. More here:
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Elizabeth Harrington, the GOP National spokeswoman, called it "disgusting".
"Nancy Pelosi must immediately apologize to the Republicans for their pitiful allegations," said Michael McAdams, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, in a statement.
Senator Kelley Loeffler, R-Ga., Called the comments "repulsive" and tweeted at Pelosi: "Shame on you and shame on the Democrats who empower you."
USA TODAY asked Scott's office for a comment.
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Drew Hammil, deputy chief of staff at Pelosi, defended the spokesman, saying Pelosi had not picked Scott out and said "Republican" - if there is a Republican she speaks of, it is the self-proclaimed grim reaper @senatemajldr. "a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He went on to say that he "hadn't heard any GOP outrage when his number 3 on the leadership" Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Said Democrats "put their bill in a" stranglehold. "
. @ SpeakerPelosi said "Republican" - if there's one Republican she's talking about, it's the self-proclaimed grim reaper @senatemajldr. I didn't hear a GOP outrage when his number 3 on the leadership @SenJohnBarrasso said Ds had put their bill in a "stranglehold".
. @ SenJohnBarrasso: "We have Chuck Schumer with a stranglehold on the JUSTICE Act and our opportunity for police reform in America."
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"Only a Chokehold BAN would have saved George Floyd. We need the # JusticeInPolicing Act," he concluded.
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The House of Representatives bill, led by Congress's Black Caucus, would not only end qualified immunity, but would also strengthen police accountability and end the practice of officials with problematic records that switch from one department to another by one national register is created. It would end certain police practices, such as the use of warrants and chokeholds.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority, D-N.Y., Wrote a letter to McConnell saying that the Senate bill was not "salvageable" before Wednesday's scheduled procedural vote. At least seven Democrats must join the Republicans to advance their policies.
"We will not achieve this moment by voting on the JUSTICE Act, nor can we simply change this draft law, which is so worn and insufficient in content that it does not even provide an adequate basis for negotiations. This bill cannot be saved. " and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point, "said Schumer.
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Schumer also beat up Barrasso because of his chokehold reference and tweeted that they were "not a joke".
"The fact that they joke about chokeholds rather than actually ban them shows that the Republicans have never taken this seriously."
The house plans to vote on their bill on Thursday. McConnell has stated, however, that the Senate will not get anywhere because it is too far-reaching.
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The discussion about chokeholds and the need for police reform was sparked after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis after a white officer nailed him to the ground under his knee.
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Pelosi on GOP police law: they are trying to get away with murder.
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